Coney Island ampitheater features new roof

July 31, 2009

The iconic Coney Island has been through its share of troubles, but a $47 million, 8,000-seat amphitheater designed by Grimshaw Architects, New York, N.Y., could help bring more people to the famous location. The theater will feature a 5,400m2 roof made of steel and translucent fiberglass lit up by strobe lights. Marty Markowitz, president of …

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The future of smart materials

July 29, 2009

Sustainable materials expert Blaine Brownell discusses possible futures for textile-based architecture. By Mason Riddle “Within this exploding environment of new materials, I quickly realized how limited the architect’s palette is” states Blaine Brownell, recounting his epiphany a few years ago after working as a practicing architect. “We architects simply have to get smarter.” Given such …

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ARA Rental Show to return to New Orleans

July 28, 2009

The American Rental Association (ARA) announced its 2012 Rental Show will be held in New Orleans instead of the initial location of Atlanta. The move was prompted by ARA members who requested the change after the 2007 Rental Show was moved to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina. The show, which has not been held in New …

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Wimbledon’s new retractable roof lets the match continue

July 27, 2009

By Abbie Yarger Throughout the world, sports venues are being built or remodeled to include retractable roofs. In areas where bad weather can cause delays that disappoint fans and players alike, these roofs allow games to continue. That’s why the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) wanted a retractable roof for the Wimbledon Centre Court …

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Geosynthetics revive Irish bog

July 22, 2009

Geosynthetics-lined ‘floating trail’ protects and displays rejuvenated blanket bog at Cuilcagh By Shelby Gonzalez Introduction: Bringing a bog back to life In the late 1980s, the blanket bog on the slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, was in bad shape. Years of overgrazing, mechanized peat harvesting, and other mistreatment had damaged the …

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Fabric trends webinar to examine new applications for fabric

July 21, 2009

The Event Marketing Institute will hold a webinar titled “Fabric Trends: New Materials & New Apps for a New Look” on Friday, July 24. The webinar will feature event professionals discussing the role of functional fabric in event design with an emphasis on new fabric materials, fabric graphics and fabric structures.

SCORE to recognize first-ever SCORE Awards winners

July 20, 2009

SCORE has announced the winners of the first-ever SCORE Awards, which recognize achievement in America’s small businesses. Winners will receive their awards at a black-tie gala ceremony on Thursday, September 17 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Visit www.score.org for more information and a list of winners.

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Showrooms benefit upholstery businesses

Showrooms prove profitable and satisfying additions to upholstery businesses. By Andrea Swensson As with any business, there comes a point in the lifespan of an upholstery shop when the inevitable question arises: What can we do to grow our business? For many upholsterers, expanding their workshop to include a showroom is a seemingly obvious next …

Two Netherlands universities receive solar cell research subsidies

July 17, 2009

Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, are to receive a 1.2 million euro subsidy as part of the Joint Solar Programme (JSP) to reduce the costs of solar energy by increasing solar cell efficiency. The subsidy was awarded by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and …

Teijin Limited updates BIOFRONTâ„¢ bioplastic

July 16, 2009

Teijin Limited, Osaka, Japan, improved BIOFRONT™ bioplastic by increasing its resistance to hydrolytic degradation to at least 10 times that of commercial bioplastic. Now, the bioplastic is almost as durable as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Visit www.teijin.co.jp/english for more information.

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Fabric canopy helps cantina practice sustainability

July 15, 2009

The new Sante Fe Opera cantina observes sustainable conventions and leaves the patrons fed and dry. I love sitting underneath the canopy at the Cantina on a rainy day,” says architect Hugh Hardy, principal of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, designer of the new Sante Fe Opera dining facility in the New Mexico desert. “You can …

Thermoplastic composite research center established in The Netherlands

July 14, 2009

The Thermoplastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC), formed in response to the increased demand for thermoplastics in the aerospace industry, has been established at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Officials from Boeing, Chicago, Ill., Stork Fokker, Papendrecht, The Netherlands, TenCate, Almelo, The Netherlands, and the university launched the center to further explore the benefits …

Fabric Architecture Continuing Education

Regulatory considerations in the design of fabric awnings By James A. Strapko Awnings in the architectural design process Recent trends in building regulations for commercial and residential projects may push architects toward taking awning design more seriously. In the past, architects have been tempted to view the awning as a discrete, subordinate element of a …

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The benefits of branding tents

July 13, 2009

Tented events maximize clients’ branding needs. By Elizabeth Kephart Reisinger Derek Stagner knows branding. As a managing director for Relay Worldwide, an experiential marketing and sponsorship consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, Ill., he and his colleagues create branded environments around the world for high-profile clients. The company often chooses to use tents because of the …

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Geotextiles in levees (Part 2 of 2)

July 9, 2009

History, performance, and design of geotextiles in levees: A report from New Orleans. By Jody Dendurent and Mark Woodward Editor’s note: Part 1 of this 2-part series ran in the April/May issue of Geosynthetics. Following the Abstract and Introduction below, Part 2 concludes with sections 3, 4, and 5 of this manuscript. Abstract Geotextiles are …

Universal Fibers® partners with Rouse Enterprises LLC

July 8, 2009

Rouse Enterprises LLC, Charlotte, N.C., has partnered with Universal Fibers ®, Bristol, Va., to represent Universal’s solution-dyed industrial products in the U.S. and Canada markets. The eco-friendly dying process used to produce the yarn products ensures long-lasting color and extended life of the fabric.

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Problem-solving helps tent company execute extravagant event

July 7, 2009

A private party that required every piece of equipment to be craned onto the property showcases a tent company’s problem-solving skills. Most tent installations have one challenge or another to overcome—but when Leavitt and Parris Inc. of Portland, Maine, took on an installation for a private party at a Boston-area residence in September 2008, the …

IMB Forum 2010 dates changed

July 3, 2009

IMB 2010, organized by Koelnmesse GmbH Cologne, Germany, will be held in November instead of May in hopes of an economic upturn later next year. The forum, to be held at the Exhibition Centre Cologne, will feature several IT services and products designed specifically for use in the textile processing industry. See the event calendar …

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InTents magazine launches new website

July 2, 2009

InTents magazine, an IFAI publication serving the tent rental and event industry, has launched a new website. The site features the current issue of the magazine, up-to-date tent industry news, and two years of previously published content. New issues of the magazine will be uploaded on the first of every other month. Check out the …

India buys U.S. cotton

July 1, 2009

In an unusual turnaround, Indian textile manufacturers who built industries around domestic cotton are importing U.S. cotton. “Indian prices are not reliable,” says Ashish Shah, managing director of Aarvee Denims, an Indian clothing manufacturer. Cotton buyers in China, Turkey and Egypt also are turning to cheaper imported cotton, depleting India’s cotton exports from 8.5 million …

ARA partners with the U.S. Census Bureau

With the 2010 Census less than a year away, preparations for the nationwide effort to count all U.S. residents are already underway across the country. Census data affects critical decisions from congressional representation to the allocation of more than $300 billion annually in federal funds. The American Rental Association (ARA), representing the $35.3 billion equipment …

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Shade structure covers skate park

The City of Bowie, Md., wanted to upgrade its aging Bowie Skate Park to a premier destination for skateboard athletes. City project manager Matt Reno wanted skaters performing gravity-defying feats for friends and family to enjoy the outdoor venue’s half-pipes and banked ramps without excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. The city chose …

Rainier Industries receives ISO-14001 certification

In 2006, Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., developed a sustainability plan, and in 2008 launched a formal environmental management system. Now, in 2009, the company has received ISO-14001 certification to confirm its commitment to environmental stewardship. Rainier, a producer of fabric shelters, awnings, displays and other products, uses many strategies to minimize its impacts on the …

J.A. Cissel Mfg. Co. offers netting and industrial fabrics

J.A. Cissel manufactures and fabricates monofilament and multifilament netting and industrial fabrics for the sporting goods industry, as well as for agriculture, aquaculture and fencing. Products include shade cloth, windscreen, bird netting, fabric fencing, privacy screen, ball barrier netting and other custom-manufactured goods. SOURCE J.A. Cissel Mfg. Co.

Fil-Tec Inc. releases bonded polyester thread

Fil-Tec’s new Premo Bond is a premium bonded, twisted polyester thread for outdoor and canvas sewing applications. UV treated for durability and resistant to wicking. SOURCE Fil-Tec Inc.

King Tech Industry provides fabric technologies

HyGy™ is a patent-pending nanotechnology applied to finishing fabrics. The finished HyGy performance fabric is single layer, super strength, lightweight, breathable, water repellent, water resistant, temperature tolerant from -60 to -300 degrees C, colorfast, anti-abrasion, anti-germ, anti-mosquito, nontoxic and recyclable. The process is applicable to various materials, such as polyester, nylon and cotton, with and …

Pennel USA presents two new products

Pennel USA presents two new products: ORCA® Tube Cleaner and Tube Deep Cleaner. This range of chemicals is specifically designed to clean and restore ORCA fabrics used for RIB tubes. The Tube Cleaner washes and maintains the tube of the RIB, and the Tube Deep Cleaner cleans more deeply and restores the tube of the …

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Somfy Systems Inc. releases eco-friendly protective products

Somfy Systems Inc. manufactures specialized motors and electronic controls for residential and commercial interior and exterior window covering markets. Somfy is introducing products to increase energy savings and provide extra living space and protection from UV rays. Somfy’s RTS accessories include the Sunis WireFree™ RTS sensor, a solar-powered sun sensor that uses Radio Technology Somfy® …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uses fabric maintenance hangar

[Rubb Inc.] Sanford, Maine, U.S.A. Rubb Building Systems manufacturer of relocatable fabric structures, collaborated in the design, delivery and installation of a fixed-base fabric maintenance hangar for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Based at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, the hangar is designed to accommodate a C-130 aircraft and has a clear span …

Business fighting labor legislation

A number of business organizations, including many textile and apparel manufacturers, are working to defeat legislation that would overhaul the way union elections are held. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would direct the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union as a bargaining agent on the basis of a majority of signed cards …

Nanotechnology goes to the dogs

When Rover rolls over on his fabric-covered pet bed, most dog owners resign themselves to an ongoing, unsightly mess of dog coat oil, dirt, grime, food stains and hair. Banishing dirty dogs from the family hearth isn’t a viable option, but Nano Pet Products LLC, a Wilton, Ct., manufacturer of pet products, thinks nanotechnology can …

Solar panels made in the U.S.A.

Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP), Lake Mary, Fla., will celebrate Independence Day in July with the launch of its monocrystalline solar panel production line. “Our SolarFABT facility will not only be the largest thin film and monocrystalline solar manufacturing plant in the United States, but unlike any other company, 100 percent of the components and materials …

Citel S.A. provides solar protection fabric

Thermocril solar protection fabric is made of 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic for unmatched colorfastness, with a recently engineered backside coating to maximize thermal isolation. A complement to Citel’s awning and marine lines, Thermocril offers excellent dimensional stability and UV protection, as well as more water column than regular DOCRIL. SOURCE Citel S.A.

Firestone Textiles Co. manufactures variety of nylon yarns

Firestone Textiles Co. manufactures multifilament Nybrite 6000 solution-dyed nylon 6 yarns in 840, 1050, 1260 and 1680 deniers. Firestone offers more than 20 different colors with emphasis on military colors including black, foliage green, olive drab, camo green and tan 380. The Nybrite 6000 class of yarns offers UV resistance for products such as fishing …

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Komar Alliance provides sewing thread for outdoor use

Helios P is a sewing thread for outdoor applications made from 100 percent PTFE for use where high seam integrity is required for prolonged periods. Offered in three sizes: helios P 1250d for normal seams, helios P 2000d for medium-heavy or multi-layer materials, and helios P 2400d for heavy and severe materials. A new Coats …

Perfect Packaging LLC offers high-tech spunbond nonwoven

SF-MAX is a next-generation soft, spunbond nonwoven that combines the high-tech spinning technology of TSI with Novel Polymer. SF-MAX has a soft hand, suitable physical properties for many applications, a low heat seal initiation temperature and a broad heat seal window. Compatible with a range of polyolefins with many backsheet and topsheet application usages. SOURCE …

Stimpson Co. Inc. offers new Grommet and Washer catalog

Stimpson’s newest Grommet and Washer catalog introduces the company’s line of sheet metal grommets with plain, teeth or neck washers, rolled rim grommets with spur washers, self-piercing grommets and washers, oblong grommets and washers, and a complete line of attaching machines. Stimpson grommets and washers are made from brass, aluminum and zinc, and available in …

Shelters help agencies respond to emergencies

[DHS Technologies LLC] Orangeburg, N.Y., U.S.A. Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelters (DRASH) by DHS Systems were recently used by the Air National Guard and New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in a joint training event designed to help civilian and military agencies learn to integrate forces to better respond to large-scale emergencies. …

Fiber Society to hold fall conference

The Fiber Society’s Fall 2009 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference will take place October 28–30 at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, U.S.A. To submit technical papers, visit www.thefibersociety.org and follow the link; submission deadline is August 31, 2009. Major themes for the conference include: polymer science and nanotechnology; processing technology; dyeing, finishing and biotechnology; …

Fabric decorates walkers for mobility-impaired

Approximately eight million Americans have some type of mobility impairment requiring adaptive equipment such as a cane, crutches, walker, wheelchair, or scooter, according to the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute. Reasons range from medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or diabetes, to a broken leg or balance problems among the elderly. Medical …

Portugal invests in textile stimulus

The textile industry represents approximately 12 percent of Portugal’s exports and employs more than 180,000 workers, but has been hard hit in the current world economic slowdown. The Portuguese government has announced a support package of $1.2 billion in financing for the beleaguered industry, including providing bank credit with the state guaranteeing 50 percent of …

Coats North America produces thread, bobbin and twine

Coats, a thread supplier, has 40 manufacturing locations and distribution in more than 70 countries. Thread products include aramid, cord, core, fiberglass, filter bag, high-temperature, nylon, nylon filament-bonded, poly-cotton, polyester, polyester filament bonded, polypropylene and PTFE. Coats also carries bobbins and twine. Its trade names include Aptan, Barbobs, Belbobs, Dabond, Gral, Nymo, Nymo UVR, Polymatic, …

FORSSTROM introduces new welding machines

FORSSTROM’s new traveling radio frequency welding machine for flexible PVC and PU material, the TDW Mega model, is available from 16-45 kW. The TDW Mega is similar to FORSSTROM’s standard TDW model and has the capability to weld with sealing bars as large as 16 inches wide. It travels over a table from 13 to …

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Kuraray America Inc. supplies fabrics and yarns

Vectran™ knitted fabrics offer cut, puncture, abrasion and heat resistance. Available in multifilament, spun and hybrid varieties, these fabrics offer excellent drapability to molded composites and are suited for a range of end-use applications, from cut-resistant gloves to puncture-resistant garments, as a high-performance alternative to aramids. Other uses include high-performance pull-cord applications where the fiber …

PGI/Difco introduces line of quilted thermal liners

PGI/Difco is introducing a new line of quilted thermal liners. THERMA combines Thinsulate™ Insulation FR from 3M, quilted to Difco’s Genesis® Nomex® IIIA shell fabric to provide insulation for warmth and comfort. THERMA is available in three styles: 120 and 150, which attain NFPA 70E Level 3, and 200, which attains NFPA 70E Level 4. …

SuperFabric Inc. technology enables creation of new fabric composites

SuperFabric® brand technology applies tiny, hard, armor-like plates to fabric that create new fabric composites. SuperFabric materials encompass a range of other desired performance attributes that can include fire resistance and UV resistance; many are engineered to be lightweight, stretchable and breathable. For use in a variety of products including shoes, pants, jackets, outdoor apparel, …

Ghillie suit kits protect U.S. Army snipers

[Propel LLC] Providence, R.I., U.S.A. Propel LLC, a business focused on the development of new textile technologies for the military and homeland security, will provide U.S. Army Snipers with ghillie suit kits composed of a new fire-resistant material. Available as skeins of yarn or as narrow fabric, this material replaces the highly flammable jute burlap …

AATCC call for papers

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is soliciting papers and posters for its 2010 International Conference, which will be co-located with ATME-I Megatex at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A., May 18–20, 2010. The conference will feature educational tracks targeting AATCC’s Concept 2 Consumer®, Materials, and Chemical Applications Interest …

Air-supported membrane roof gets an upgrade

The Dedmon Athletic Center at Radford University, Radford, Va., is known as “The Bubble” because of its air-supported membrane roof, installed in 1981 by Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. The roof had outlasted its 20-year expected life, but still needed a retrofit in 2009; Radford University went back to the source, Birdair, for an upgrade. The …

India gaining strength in textile production

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) ranks India among the top five developing nations in industrial production in textiles, motor vehicles, chemicals and basic metals, according to a recent report. India is second only to China in textile production, and its growth rate of manufacturing value added (MVA) has risen from 6.9 percent in …